Slanské vrchy attract with its charm

View of Oblík hill from NCH Herlica
View of Oblík hill from NCH Herlica
Tourism has a long tradition in the Zemplín region. East of Slovakia offers beautiful natural nooks and many interesting tourist sites. Such a place where the country reveals its true and untouched beauty are the Slanské vrchy. The massif of volcanic Slanské vrchy is 60 km long and is part of the Carpathian volcanic arch. It starts east of Prešov and stretches south to the Hungarian border.

Its highest peak is Šimonka with a height of 1,092 m above sea level. In addition, there are two peaks above 1,000 m in the mountains, and Montenegro and the Three Chotares. There are natural and technical attractions in the Slanské vrchy. Among the technical ones, we should mention the transmitter to the top of Dubník, which is the tallest building in Slovakia (318 m), opal mines in the Dubník , geyser in Herľany and Hanušovský railway viaduct or Vihonova dzira (former wine cellars). Of the natural attractions, several nature reserves are worth a visit: Hlinianska and Zámutovská jelšina, Zámutovské and Hermanovské rocks, as well as the national nature reserves Oblík and Šimonka. All these locations can be easily reached, in Slanské vrchy there are actually 97 branded hiking trails with a total length of 534 km. In addition to hiking paths, there are also marked 20 bike paths with a total length of 181 km.

Not to be missed are the forest educational paths, e.g. Tajch in Pavlovce, Telekia in Hermanovce, or Zámutovská rail in the forests near Zámutce, but also Herlica above the village of Petrovce. In Pavlovce there is a ranch that offers walks and horseback riding, in nearby Hanušovce the visitor can see the museum in the local mansion or archeopark. For culture, you can come to the district town of Vranov nad Topľou - there is the Basilica Minor of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, which is a Marian pilgrimage place. On the fringe of the city is situated a well-preserved Jewish cemetery from the 18th century. For lovers of adrenaline, there is also a go-kart track T1 Ring located in a beautiful setting near the village Vechec.

One of the interesting objects on the NCH Tajch path.
One of the interesting objects on the NCH Tajch path.

A suitable starting point from where you can plan trips are e.g. the villages of Zámutov and Hermanovce. In both it is possible to stay in pensions or tourist cottages. In Zámutov there is a Pension Opál and Ranch Záľubova, in Hermanovce a cottage with the name of the village of the same name - it is a former Kukorelli cottage. Accommodation is at the level of tourist standard, but at popular prices.

Slanské vrchy is undoubtedly an interesting tourist destination, which surprises with its natural scenery and creates a peaceful holiday. Every visitor will definitely find interesting suggestions for completing a multi-day stay here.